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3D Design BTEC HNC (full-time)

3D design


3D Design BTEC HNC (full-time)

This one year programme is designed to be a diagnostic introduction to contemporary 3- dimensional (3D) design, for example: interior design, product design including jewellery and furniture design. During the course you will have the opportunity to develop methodologies for idea generation and strategies for contemporary making. You will be exposed to new materials employed within the 3D design field like Jesmonite. In addition you will engage in contextual understanding of European design and 3D Design from various cultures. The course is run by design practitioners in the purpose built South Bank Arts Centre. The course is supported by workshops delivered by guest lecturers, cultural visits abroad to Europe and American cities. In addition, we show at several design exhibitions such as New Designers in London. On completion of the 3D Design programme you will have the opportunity to progress to the one year Higher National Diploma in Interior Design or the one year Higher National Diploma in Product Design.

How to apply

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code 192W. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 27/09/2021
Type: HE
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Length: 30 weeks
Fees: £5,895.00
Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

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Bedford College 3D Design HNC
Art & Design


I’m a very creative person but was never made aware of HNCs at school. Everything was about university, so when I finished my A-Levels I went to university to study Marketing & Advertising. The lecture groups were so big I had to sit on the stairs in my first lecture and we only got one to- one time with our tutor around three times a year. I left after the first year and took a year out to explore my options. I met with a Careers Advisor and then applied for the HNC.

So many people go to university just because they are not aware of the other options out there; I’ve had a few friends at university say they wish they were doing this instead!

College is a lot more inclusive and you get more time with your tutors who are very positive and will never say no to helping you. The facilities are also easier to access when you need them and you can go to other departments for help, such as the Photography students who photograph my work for my portfolio.

I’m mostly enjoying the practical work and the amount of teaching time that we get. We do lots of group critiques on each other’s work and have live briefs to work on. We’ve had industry specialists come in and talk to us and have visited local designer Max McMurdo’s studio, as well as Jesmonite who are a producer and retailer of an innovative material that has made a huge impression on recent design trends and industries.

I want to try a few things out when I leave College and perhaps eventually get a job designing prototypes.

Course information

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design and media element OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification

Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work. Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. We welcome applications from mature students who will considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

You will study core and specialist units with the emphasis on building a creative portfolio which can be used:

  • To develop workshop and design skills
  • As a vehicle for gaining work with a range of prospective employers
  • As a possible basis for gaining entrance to a final year on a degree

You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based portfolio, pursuing your personal specialist interests from theory to materials and techniques. Students engage regularly with ‘live projects’ and talks, and have an impressive track record of engaging with commissions and working with established designers and craftspeople.

You will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual communication in art and design
  • Ideas generation and development in art and design
  • Contextual and cultural referencing in art and design
  • Professional practice in art and

In addition you will study from a range of specialist units, including: 

  • Design principles
  • Product design
  • Design for performing arts
  • Specialist 3D technology and processes
  • Interior design
  • Properties of 3D material
  • Product design
  • Critical study in art and design
  • Professional studies in art and design
  • Lighting
  • Digital image creation & development

Some of these units are likely to be combined to form a Final Major Project with unit five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop more independence and autonomy, and negotiate a personal learning plan to support your practice.

Assessment methods

During the course you will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising artists and designers) in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs will be set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment will be continuous throughout the course, with assignments being graded at the end of each task.


Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (3D Design)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC, you can progress on to our own 3D Design BTEC HND, or choose to enter employment in a field such as jewellery design or model making.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • You will need a minimum of £100 per year for materials, dependent on project
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover: Jesmonite, sheet acrylic, timber, sheet/tube/bar
  • Train fares for (optional) visits to the Design Museum and Material Lab in London

Material Lab are run and funded by the UK’s leading tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles. They responded to what the art and design community desired: a place where inspiration and creativity go hand in hand, where you can immerse yourself in surface coverings of every kind no matter what it’s made from. Plastic, leather, vinyl, ceramic, paper, textile, glass… if it’s on the wall or the floor they’ve got it covered.

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (Days to be confirmed)

Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.